Well, I must say that I'm rather proud of you Fran. Acceptance is the first step to self-development.... And, because of my feeling towards you, at this moment in time, I have decided that I'm going to help you out with a couple of things. Firstly, while 'Mr. Ramos' is a perfectly acceptable way to address me, I have often found that in the past 'Señor/ Profesor Ramos' has a somewhat nicer ring to to it, and is, also, more in keeping with my Spanish heritage . Secondly, the quote your looking for is 'EXTENSIVE knowledge and DEEP understanding of the game'. Now, I know that quotations aren't really your strong suit, but if you are going to attempt to repeat copy/something I have said previously, then it's probably best that you try and get it right, eh! It just looks like you haven't done your homework otherwise, and nobody with a studious and continuously evolving mind, such as mine, wants to be a part of that! Now that there's cleared up.... I don't think it takes a genius to work out where Spurs fell short on Sunday. The definition of lacklustre, the players simply did NOT move the ball around the pitch with the kind of TEMPO required to open up, or even trouble, a well orgainised and disciplined WBA side. Regardless of the make up of your team, the ONLY way to inject pace into the unit as a whole is pass and move off of the ball with a bit of vigour/enthusiasm and at no point during the match did the team appear to do those things. I mean it was SHOCKING and PAINFUL viewing for the majority of the match, with the players currently showing a complete inconsistency as far as following Pochettino philosophy is concerned. Pressing as individuals, rather than as a unit, the Spurs players stunk of the type of complacency that has hampered the teams fortunes over the last 5/6 years, at WHL. Too many players chose to have an 'off day' which is scandalous considering most of them had already been given a day off midweek in the EL. Pochettino NEEDED those individuals rested midweek to really stand-up and be counted on the weekend and unfortunately for the Argentinian NOBODY did. The likes of Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli and Ade were all ineffective for the most part, with the majority of those individuals playing the game at a pace that would spread throughout the rest of the team. Missing simple passes, devoid of any energy and lacking any sort of conviction in their work, the onus was on those four players to help set the tone for the rest of the team in a positive way, and inexplicably, for me, none of them did. Listen, WBA set-up well and played with the freedom of a side that had no real expectation placed upon them and it showed. The introduction of Lescott and Sessegnon proved key to visitors tactical plan and they were able to exploit Tottenham lethargy with consummate ease. Mauricio will NOT be remotely happy with anything he saw on the weekend, and yet the new Head Coach is not without blame for a performance that has to go down as one of the worst I have EVER witnessed at WHL (and that takes some doing). I imagine that the Argentine wanted to Fazio and Stambouli to make their full introductions to English football against Forest in the cup tomorrow and therefore decided to rest 2 players that had just played 75-90+mins on a heavy and dry pitch, in Belgrade, which is fine. Spurs should've had enough on the day to be able to beat a decent WBA side. But the failure to see a marked improvement from the side in the 2nd half, as well as some questionable substitutions will not reflect well on the Argentine, who would have LEARNED A HELL OF A LOT about certain individuals, as well as the attitude of squad he has at his disposal, in this match. However, with EVERY setback there is opportunity and a poor display from the majority of his side on Sunday will give a ruthless Pochettino every chance to make PLENTY of changes within the team, whilst being able to comfortably justify it to those who will be dropped. Out of the side that played WBA on the weekend, only Kaboul, Rose, Capoue and Lloris would've come out of the match being able to say they made a positive contribution. I, also, thought Dembele started brightly, and showed promise in his display, right up until the point where he lost the ball carelessly in front of the back 4 inviting WBA pressure . After that mistake the Belgian seemed to lose the confidence to keep trying to make things happen for the team. What is IMPERATIVE now is that the team that plays against Forest midweek bears the hallmarks of the side that Pochettino intends to play on the weekend, in order to help build confidence if nothing else. So a COUPLE of changes between the two games will be the order of the day, I think. With that in mind, My team vs Forest would be: Vorm Dier Kaboul/Fazio Vertonghen Davies Bentaleb Stambouli Townsend Dembele Chadli Adebayor (who keeps his place in the knowledge that Arsenal is the next EPL and hopefully that is a fixture that can kick-start the big man's season) Win the game and then make some changes with the Arsenal match on the horizon. With all things being equal, and the majority of those players coming through the midweek encounter unscathed, the only changes to that side for Arsenal would be: Lloris 4 Vorm Rose 4 Davies and Capoue 4 Betaleb At least Pochettino knows EXACTLY the kind of task he has on at Spurs now. Anyone can lose to Liverpool after virtually gifting them two goals but a defeat at home to WBA, particularly in that manner, will make the new manager acutely aware of the deep rooted issues that exist within the squad. But if there is anyone who can help solve these problems and get the team playing with greater consistency, it is Mauricio.